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" Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." ...... John 3:3

A Tale of Two Kingdoms

II Samuel 2


         Tucked away in the hills of Judah we see the genesis of something wonderful- Godís chosen king ruling visibly on earth- even if it is only over one tribe.

         In this chapter we see the process of David consolidating power to as king over Israel. Sadly, this process will be resisted and wonít be completed until chapter 5, after much bloodshed

         Augustineís City of God- Godís heavenly program at work behind the scenes will one day supplant our earthly program

         This is a real story with great application for us- Two kings over the people of God. Who will reign?

         One kingdom ordained by divine guidance, the other by human ambition


I.                    David made king over Judah- v. 1-4

a.      David inquired of the Lord: Certainly, this was a key to success in Davidís life.

b.      David didnít simply ask God to bless his own plans, He wanted to be right in the center of Godís plan!

c.       Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah? At that time David was still in Ziklag, in the territory of the Philistines. He lived as a Philistine among the Philistines. Now that David was restored to the Lord, he wondered if it was time for him to go back to his homeland.

d.      David goes to Hebron. Hebron was the most important city in Judah- it was where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (and their wives) were buried

e.      There they anointed David king: This shows that David did not seize the throne. The men of Judah approached him.

f.        They anointed David-

                                                              i.      We see the O.T. use of anointing for consecration to the office of "king" or a particular service. In the Bible we see God using anointing oil to symbolize the anointing.

                                                            ii.      Anointing signifies enlistment, but it also signifies enablement! Power to serve! See I John 2:20, 27

                                                          iii.      David had been anointed about 15-20 years prior, but now it was actually starting to come to fruition. So, he needed a fresh anointing!

                                                           iv.      Do we ever need a fresh anointing? It's true that we need an oil change in our cars. Is it any different for us?

                                                             v.      We need a fresh anointing from God and ongoing experiences with the Holy Spirit. A fresh enduement of power! Eph. 5:18- Be filled with the Spirit (continuous)

                                                           vi.      As believers, we all have been chosen and anointed by God for a purpose.

                                                         vii.      Saul and David were both outwardly anointed- but David also had inward devotion- thatís the key. Accessing the fulness and power of the Spirit!

                                                       viii.      Notice: This anointing couldnít come when David still lived among the Philistines virtually as a Philistine. He had to decide to leave that life before this fresh anointing.

                                                           ix.      Jesus did not perform one miracle apart from the anointing of the Holy Spirit- and so how much more should we serve the Lord in the Spirit?

g.      (2Sa 2:4b-7) David thanks the men of Jabesh Gilead for retrieving the bodies of Saul and Jonathan which were being desecrated by the Philistines.

h.      David is gracious, and also shrewd in trying to get the men of Jabesh Gilead allied with himself now as king.

II.                  Ishbosheth made king- v. 8-11

a.      The men of Jabesh-Gilead didnít get a chance to respond because Abner and Ishbosheth had their own plans

b.      (2Sa 2:8-11) Abner sets up Ishbosheth as king over Israel.

                                                              i.      Abner the son of Ner: Abner was Saulís cousin (1 Samuel 14:50) and the commander of Saulís armies for many years. He first met David when David defeated Goliath as a young man (1 Samuel 17:55-57). David once challenged Abner when he had the opportunity to kill Saul, but did not. David pointed out that Abner failed to protect his king.

                                                            ii.      Ishbosheth the Son of Saul: Saul had three sons who died with him in battle (1 Samuel 31:6). There is no previous mention of Ishbosheth among the sons of Saul, so it is possible that he was an illegitimate son or the son of a concubine.

                                                          iii.      He made him king: Abner made Ishbosheth king, probably so that he could be the real power behind the throne of a weak king.

c.       This was not only a continuation of Saulís hostility towards David, but also an open act of rebellion against God, who had rejected Saul and chosen David as king over Israel. This was so clear that even Saul himself was convinced of the appointment of David has his successor.

d.      Kingdom conflict

                                                              i.      We are living in Jabesh-Gilead- sandwiched between two kingdoms. Whose invitation will we heed?

                                                            ii.      They are like the mob before Christ was crucified- ďWe will not have this man to reign over us!Ē- Luke 19:14, See also Psalm 2:2-3

                                                          iii.      This kingdom conflict will continue until Jesus comes with great power and glory!

III.                A bloody civil war

a.      V. 12-17 War between the tribe of Judah and the other tribes of Israel.

b.      Abner vs. Joab (Davidís chief general)

c.       Like David, Jesus will battle against pretenders to the throne, but He will not force His reign on mankind Ė yet.

d.      (2Sa 2:12-17) Abnerís troops and Joabís troops square off and fiercely battle.

e.      Abner suggested some kind of contest or duel between a select group of his men and Joabís men. When the two groups of 12 met, it quickly degenerated into a mutual bloodbath

f.        (2Sa 2:18-23) Abner kills Asahel, Joabís brother

g.      Asahel pursued Abner- which ended in Asahelís death.

h.      Joab and Abishai also pursued Abner: They wanted to avenge the killing of their brother Asahel.

i.        Shall the sword devour forever? When his armies were in full retreat and ready for a final do-or-die stand Ė and when two angry brothers wanted blood revenge Ė Abner found it easy to make the plea for peace. It was certainly to his advantage to give peace a chance.

j.        Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still: Joab agreed with Abner and declared a ceasefire which stopped the bloody civil war.

k.       This did not last long- see II Samuel 3:1. The fact was that they couldnít just get along, and that there could be no peace between the rightful king David and the pretender to the throne, Ishbosheth. The cease-fire seemed to make things better, but in reality it only made things worse and it led to the long war.

l.        ďIn the lives of many Christian people today there is raging, literally, a civil war. The flesh Ė the kingdom of Saul, struggles with the spirit Ė the kingdom of David, and the conflict is bitter. We do everything we possibly can to hold up the tottering kingdom of self, so that it might exist just a bit longer. If only we could preserve some rights; if only we could have at least part of our own way; if only we could keep this or that at any cost! We feel we must bolster up this kingdom of self, that we cannot let ourselves be crucified with Christ.Ē (Redpath)

m.    When we try to make peace between King Jesus and King Self within us, the result is a long, bitter war. It is so much better to simply surrender and submit to the reign of Jesus.

n.      The flesh must be put to death if we are to truly submit to King Jesus!


         There are two important applications from this text for us tonight:

o   Who will reign over Godís people? Who will reign over you? The flesh or the Spirit of Christ? The flesh must be put to death- it cannot be negotiated with

o   The Kingdom of God vs. the kingdoms of this world

         Augustineís City of God- Godís heavenly program at work behind the scenes will one day supplant our earthly program

         But for the rest of history the kingdom given to the Jews under David has been repeatedly and constantly interrupted, shared, and overruled

         May we never lose sight that everything in history is moving towards Godís kingdom!

         Revelation 11:15- The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

         Jesus in his model prayer taught us to pray: ďThy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Ē This is asking for God to continue overruling the plans of this world and help us to trust and patiently await the day when His kingdom is established!

         Thy kingdom come- pull back the covers so that people know you are authority and might!

         May this be our prayer tonight!